The SweetWater Team


Staff

Edwin Huizinga - Artistic Director An accomplished violinist, a fiddler, a composer, and an improviser, Edwin has a busy international schedule performing with the folk and baroque duo Fire & Grace and internationally-acclaimed early music, 12-piece baroque band ACRONYM.

 

His commissions include a world premiere at the Palace of Versailles and a solo work for baroque violin, Inception. He has performed with orchestras and ensembles worldwide including Amsterdam Conservatory Baroque Orchestra and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

 

More recently, he has composed and performed new works for Opera Atelier and the National Arts Centre. 

 

Edwin performed numerous time at SweetWater over many years. He became SweetWater Artistic Director on October 1, 2019.

 

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Paul Eichhorn - General Manager                        Paul, who joined SweetWater in 2016, has over three decades of experience in the arts and culture not-for-profit sector as well as an extensive background in arts administration, event production, marketing and promotions, and fundraising. Locally, he has provided his expertise to the Billy Bishop Home & Museum as well as the City of Owen Sound as Project Coordinator of the successful Tall Ships Owen Sound event. He has sat on numerous arts, culture, and public committees and boards in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Grey County and is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Paul has also has written for several national publications including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Take One Magazine and was co-founder and editor of Late Harvest Journal of Creative Culture. In recent years, he hosted and co-produced programs on Rogers TV focusing on history and politics. 



Board of Directors

Vivian McCaffrey, Chair - Vivian, who relocated to the Owen Sound area from Toronto,  now retired, spent her professional career employed by a teachers’ union focusing on government relations, political action, and political action training. Much of her work

involved policy development and issues management. She was delighted to discover the rich arts scene in Owen Sound and surrounding area. After attending Sweetwater for the first time in 2019, she became totally enthralled by the brilliance of the musicians and excellence of the festival program. Vivian grew up in a household where either classical music or jazz played constantly on our stereo system. She studied piano and violin and joined the Ottawa Youth Orchestra during her high school years. Vivian joined the Board in late 2020 and has been actively involved in many areas of SweetWater including serving on the Resource Development Committee. 

Lynda Montgomery, Director-at-Large – Lynda has been involved with many local arts and culture organizations over the years. Along with sitting on the SweetWater Board, she serviced as Chair for the past two years and is the Chair of the Resource Development Committee. She was one of the original SweetWater Board members (4 years), acted as SweetWater volunteer after her Board term, and was past board member and president of the Georgian Bay Symphony. She also helped to establish and run the Bluewater Youth Orchestra. Over the years, Lynda has served on several chiropractic boards in various capacities and sat on the Ontario Review Board for mental health. 

Charlotte MacFarlane, Director-at-Large - Charlotte has a background in municipal policy development and analysis at local and provincial association levels. Her works over the years has included health planning, management training for national mental health, and community planning and development. On the music side, she studied voice through Grade 9 RCM, and has been a song leader, soloist, and member of church and community choirs. Charlotte supported the Timmins Symphony Orchestra children’s camps and events, and was a volunteer and member of the Porcupine Music Festival’s Executive. Since moving to Owen Sound in late summer 2018, Charlotte joined the Threshold Singers, who provide comforting music at the bedsides of residents of a local palliative facility. She's also swaying and feeling the joy of music in Coco Love Alcorn’s newly-formed Wonderland Singers.  

Gwynne Potter, Treasurer- Gwynne is a partner at Baker Tilly SGB LLP, chartered professional accounting firm in Owen Sound. She is currently past president of the YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce, just finishing up her seventh year on the board. Gwynne is also actively involved in all her children’s minor sports organization. Gwynne jointed the SweetWater Board in late 2021. 

Michael Allder, Director-at-Large - Michael has spent much of professional life working as a producer and director of featur-length documentaries and TV current affairs programs. He spent over 14 years at the CBC, which included producing The Nature of Things. He was also a staff producer at the NFB overseeing documentaries including In the Key of Oscar, a film portrait of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Earlier CBC work included The Soul of a Song  (about the enduring power of gospel music) and he directed and produced a musical special profiling jazz singers Ranee Lee and Karen Young. Michael also has wide-ranging experience as a speaker, workshop leader, panel moderator,  and served on the organizing committee of the World Congress of Science Producers. He and his wife Gail recently hosted a Garden Concert during SweetWater Surreal at their property just outside of Annan. 

Michael notes SweetWater has brought such distinctive cultural magic to Grey Bruce and far beyond, and he considers it pleasure and privilege to join the SweetWater team.

Cynthia Lemon, Director-at-Large - Cynthia is recently retired from an active and fulfilling career in public education. She has been a teacher, a teacher union leader at both the local and provincial levels, a school administrator, and a superintendent of education working in human resources and special education. Cynthia would profess to be somewhat of a political junkie and has been active in election campaigns and both municipally and provincially. She completed a four-year term serving as a councillor for the Municipality of Meaford. Cynthia enjoys and absorbs music, whether it be that which is playing in her home north of Annan, or the bird song that she savours as she sits on her front verandah of her country home. Cynthia is delighted to be now working with and serving the Sweetwater team and looks forward to the many musical opportunities that will be provided within our community.

 

Jill Willington, Secretary - Jill had a long career as a Certified Public Accountant working for several private and not-for-profit organizations. Along with her professional experience, she has sat on many not-for-profit boards including Music Alive and the Federation of Women Teachers' Association of Ontario. Jill came to Grey County at age 11 and has lived in Owen Sound, Thornbury and currently resides in Clarksburg. She is now retired from her accounting career but enjoys pursuing other interests including a great interest in music and playing cello.  Jill joined the Board in 2017 and served as Treasurer until April, 2022. 

Michael Vair-Haley, Director-at-Large - Mike was raised in Owen Sound and, like many others, went off into the wide world as a boy only to come back to his roots as an adult with a few interesting experiences under his belt. He started playing music casually with friends while living in East Asia but more so made a name for himself organizing live music events and booking tours for musicians in Taiwan. This eventually evolved into founding and directing a city wide multi-venue music and arts festival. Today Mike is living in Owen Sound close to family for the warmer months and plans to travel back to Taiwan to continue his passion for bringing great live music to the people of that beautiful island

Gail Gallant, Director-at-Large - Gail is an accomplished writer of fiction and non-fiction, with extensive TV production experience predominantly in factual and documentary programming, as a writer and story editor, as well as series producer, producer and director. Following her university studies where she earned a Masters, she began her work in broadcast journalism as a researcher and later a producer on CBC Radio’s Morningside. She is currently working with a production company specializing in Indigenous programming and is working a consultant on a series being developed for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She has lived with her husband in Annan since 2003. Two of her published supernatural thriller novels are set in and inspisred by Grey County.